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COVID-19 Update for UA School Staff and Families

Dear UA participant,

During this time of uncertainty around the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, we are all working to maintain health and safety. We are closely monitoring the situation as well as following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health).

To best support our communities, the Urban Advantage program is taking a number of steps, effective immediately (in effect since March 7, 2020): 

UA professional learning courses for teachers and parent coordinators will go online:
Between now and June 30, 2020, all in-person UA courses will be shifted to online learning formats. Teachers who are unable to attend rescheduled courses or re-register for a new course will not be penalized.  In addition, this Spring all UA teachers, including Alumni and teachers who have already fulfilled their professional development requirements, will be allowed exceptionally to register for additional UA courses. If you have questions, please log in to https://myua.amnh.org and select “Help” and “Contact us.”

Note that this Spring, UA courses have been modified to include pedagogical strategies that support remote teaching.

Visits by UA staff to UA schools will be take place online:
Family engagement events (such as family science nights, science fairs, career events, etc.) will be shifted online. To request a visit, please go to https://myua.amnh.org, log in and select “School Visits and Buses.”

Teacher support visits by UA partners to UA schools, including one-on-one teacher support, will take place via video conference (outside of class time). To request online one-on-one teacher support please go to https://myua.amnh.org, log in and select “School Visits and Buses.”

UA will provide virtual classroom visits, by UA experts, to support science learning (during your remote lessons). To request online virtual classroom visits please go to https://myua.amnh.org, log in and select “School Visits and Buses.” 

UA Vouchers:
UA partner institutions are currently closed. However, some group UA vouchers, such as Class Trip Vouchers and School Community Vouchers, can be used for virtual trips. To learn more about virtual trips to UA institutions, please review virtual field trip opportunities at: https://www.urbanadvantagenyc.org/virtual-visits/ .

Parent Coordinators and UA Family Engagement:
Join lively online conversations for Parent Coordinators during our lunchtime UA PC CHAT AND CHEWS. UA is providing a practical and positive space where you can share, discuss, and, hopefully, find a small moment of Zen. The meetings are not required and there is no need to RSVP.  Just click the link at the time and date below to join the CHAT: https://zoom.us/j/186545941 

Tues. April 28, 2020: 12:00 noon
Tues. May 5, 2020: 12:00 noon
Tues. May 12, 2020: 12:00 noon
Tues. May 19, 2020: 12:00 noon

We will be closely monitoring the situation, and as soon as new information is available, we will communicate this. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Sincerely yours,
The UA partners